End Polio Bike Ride

End Polio Now charity bike ride raises €800

The Rotary Club of Estoi Palace International (RCEPI) organised its 10th fundraising bike ride with Activity Algarve Bike Rides on Sunday, November 19.

The beautiful sunny weather was ideal for biking and saw 23 enthusiastic cyclists assemble outside Estoi Pousada at 9.30am to set off on a 40 km bike ride in the surrounding area. They returned to a local Estoi café for a well-deserved drink. Donations from those taking part totalled €300.

On November 21, RCEPI arranged a “virtual bike ride” which took place during their lunchtime meeting at the Pousada. This raised a further €500.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the polio fight in 2013 and match two-to-one every dollar the Rotary Foundation commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication.

The €800 raised will become €2,400 to buy much-needed vaccines.

Rotarians worldwide have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. Vaccination is essential to stop the disease returning to the countries where it has already been eradicated.

For further information on RCEPI, email [email protected] or visit www.rotaryestoipalace.org